Hey guys! If you’re like me, then you are constantly trying to practice and improve yourself.  My goal is always to make my beat sound better than the last one.  When I say “sound”, I don’t necessarily mean the mix.  What I’m really talking about is the feel.  I want every last beat that I create to at least feel right.  The major element in achieving this is workflow.

JFilt’s Workflow Hip Hop Chart Example


What exactly is workflow? To put it simply, it’s the process of creating your beat (see above picture).  It’s from the time you turn on your equipment to the time you are nodding your head in satisfaction of the finished product.  Sorry for that run on sentence, but I couldn’t think of another way to say that.  Anyway, your workflow is very crucial and I’m about to explain why in one word…CREATIVITY.

Food for Thought

Have you ever noticed that your mind is much faster than your body.  Pretty deep I know, but let’s think about this.  Sometimes we forget what we heard in our head because we couldn’t translate it to the keyboard fast enough.  We get busy trying to figure out how to play something in our mind.  Maybe you chopped up a sample, flipped it your mind first, but it’s not flowing right on the pads.  Does this sound familiar?

Your workflow contributes to the creative juices flowing in your brain.  You might wonder what happens to disrupt the workflow.  Let’s talk about a few distractions which I admit Im guilty of workflowhaving.

  1. Cell Phone- time is taken away if you are busy chatting, texting, tweeting, or facebooking
  2. TV- that commercial with the new angus steak burger is enticing but slowing you down
  3. People- family and friends want your attention and now your flow is broken

Now if our bodies are already slower than our minds, why slow it down even further with distractions?  Another thing that slows us down is looking for sounds.  You should never spend more than 5-10 minutes searching for sounds in my opinion.  Check out this article for access to some really nice sounds by the way.


So what it comes down to is this.  The importance of workflow is that it can determine the level of your creative energy.  When that energy is flowing uninterrupted, there’s no telling how sick your beat can sound.  As always, thanks for taking the time to read this!



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The Importance of Workflow



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